President Obama has been stumping in Nevada for the last two days. He's made his pitch for more college education and also talked up the need to reform the tax system. We look at what the president said, how the crowd reacted and whether his appearances changed the minds of any Nevada voters.
Tuesday was Primary Election Day. There were numerous challengers to the parties' preferred candidates and then a few of the races were just lotteries. We look at who won and who lost and what it tells us about the election in November.
Lambda Legal, the lawyers pushing for marriage equality, filed a suit Tuesday to void Nevada's Marriage Amendment. The voters gave the amendment final approval 10 years ago and has kept marriage strictly between one man and one woman.
Long-time state senator Bill Raggio passed away last night while he was traveling in Australia. The Washoe County Republican represented his Reno-area district in 19 sessions of the Nevada Legislature.
Many members of the Nevada state legislature have served their last terms. The reason? A 1998 constitutional amendment that limited any elected official to 12 years in one office. Already, we've seen the assembly speaker termed out in 2009 and after the current legislature, the new speaker will also be leaving the chamber. So how will this change Nevada politics? Is deep knowledge of policy-making and budgeting being lost or does the amendment keep fresh ideas circulating in Carson City?
Earlier this week, the state found itself with nearly $300 million extra to put to education and social services. Gov. Sandoval says it will save some programs but Democrats say that this won't be enough. The governor will be addressing the state Tuesday night to make his case. We talk about what his speech and the additional funding mean for the state budget and whether it will get the two sides closer to a deal to complete the work of the 2011 Legislature.
The United States Supreme Court has finally decided that Nevada can ban advertising for prostitution in counties where the world's oldest profession is illegal. The high court let stand the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that said the ban on brothel advertising was constitutional.
The Nevada State Legislature begins its 2011 session today. It starts the four-month period when the Legislature meets to write a two-year budget, redistrict state and Congressional boundaries and attend to any other legislative business.
Long-time Republican leader Bill Raggio suddenly announced his retirement Wednesday. He said he is leaving the Legislature now so that Washoe County Commissioners will have time to appoint a replacement but he did ask that they seek someone who shares his values. We look back on his career, his legacy and the recent troubles in the Republican Party that made Raggio something of an outsider in his own party.
Congress still cannot finish the work of 2010 but the year is nearly over. So we'll look back at one of the most bitter races for the U.S. Senate and the inevitable anointing of Nevada Governor-elect Brian Sandoval. The 2011 Legislature is more Republican and more Hispanic. What difference will that make as they figure out how to close a $3 billion budget gap? And what will the more Republican Congress do in 2011? The top political commentators in Southern Nevada join us to give their thoughts on Nevada politics past and future.
After all the negative ads, the tens of millions of dollars and the sheer vitriol, it's Election Day. Many people have voted so here's a chance to tell us why and if you're still undecided this might be the last chance to hear what is at stake from our panel of experts.
The state legislature worked through the weekend to pass dozens of
bills before the session ends at midnight on Monday. City Life Editor Steve Sebelius joins us from Carson City with all the latest on the last-minute votes.
KNPR legislative correspondent and Las Vegas City Life Editor Steve Sebelius shares the latest headlines from the final days of the legislative session, particularly the wait for Gov. Gibbons' expected veto of the $787 million tax increase approved by legislators.